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Dictionary definition for: Refuse

1. (n) food that is discarded (as from a kitchen)

2. (v) show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike"

3. (v) refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality"

4. (v) elude, especially in a baffling way; "This behavior defies explanation"

5. (v) refuse to let have; "She denies me every pleasure" "he denies her her weekly allowance"

6. (v) resist immunologically the introduction of some foreign tissue or organ; "His body rejected the liver of the donor"

7. (v) refuse entrance or membership; "They turned away hundreds of fans" "Black people were often rejected by country clubs"

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